Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for head, hands, eyes, body, and feet
CCR Title 8 Section 3380 – 3385 (Cal OSHA), 29 CFR Subpart I (Fed OSHA)
This webpage does NOT include Respiratory Protection, Hearing Conservation, or Fall Protection. Separate pages are provided for those topics.
Who does it apply to:
All employers whose employees who are required, and in some cases, voluntarily, to wear personal protective equipment to protect them from job-related hazards. Ideally, PPE should be viewed as a last resort to protect employees from identified hazards. Employers should first attempt to eliminate hazards via Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, and/or Substitution. If these controls are not feasible nor effective, then the employer should evaluate the need and effectiveness of PPE.
What are the major regulatory requirements
- Documented / Certified evaluation of Personal Protective Equipment needs per job description.
- Policy development. May be contained within your Injury and Illness Prevention Program policy.
- Specific Requirements / Procedures per Job Description. Requirements for the proper use and maintenance of applicable PPE.
- Equipment/Device Selection/Acquisition
- Equipment Care and maintenance
- Initial Employee Training
- Program Maintenance
- Effective Employee Re-Training as required
- Annual review of PPE needs, use, and maintenance.